Postal workers excluded from extra Christmas holiday on December 26

opmWe’ve received a number of inquiries from readers about the “extra” federal holiday President Obama declared recently for the day after Christmas. While most veteran postal workers know that these extra holidays rarely apply to them, the executive order, as published, doesn’t contain an explicit exception for the USPS.

The Office of Personnel Management memo implementing the executive order, however, does state that the holiday only applies to “non-Postal Service employees”:

The President has issued an Executive order excusing executive branch non-Postal Service employees from duty on Friday, December 26, 2014, with pay and without a charge to leave, except those who, in the judgment of the head of the agency, cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense, or other essential public need. For pay and leave purposes, December 26, 2014, will be treated as falling within the scope of statutes and Executive orders governing holidays for Federal employees.

The memo further states:

Employees of the U.S. Postal Service and contract employees should contact their supervisor (or contract officer) to obtain information on their pay and leave entitlements for December 26th.

Read more: OPM memo on December 26 2014 holiday.

  • Sr

    but,but,but,,,,,, it’s the first day of Kwanzaa!!!!!!

  • tobeatendowntocare

    seems like the only time postal employees, other than management, are considered government employees is when they want to hit us up for more withholding etc. You know most EAS people will be gone by noon on the 24th until Monday. Such is life.

  • Jay

    So funny. You guys are such upbeat, proud, hard working USPS employees. How embarrassing for the USPS.
    If you put as much energy into working, as you do whining, the USPS might be able to cut managers.
    What a bunch of bums.
    You poor babies………

  • soon to retire

    Hashtags is absolutely right. When management is off, no one ever needs to take their place. When a clerk, carrier, handler, is off, someone needs to fill the vacancy. Just how important can you be, if they don’t need to bring someone in to replace you if you aren’t there?

  • El Mas Chingon

    At least we have 2 Presidents that are getting ready to check out, always get a day off for that.

  • vitameatavegamin

    The overwhelming majority of folks I’ve worked with as a carrier in the last 25 years are good, solid workers…….but guess what, Jay? Most of us can’t stand crap bureaucrats and managers who could’nt referee a one man’s butt-kicking festival…….which is what you sound like. Now go back to kissing EAS rears!

  • Teri Balsimo Angeletti

    I can see not getting it off… but seriously, why not get the pay????

  • Teri Balsimo Angeletti

    non-essential? last I saw the leave sheet for the year there is only one slot for the week between Christmas and New Years and you can only get that if you happen to have over 30 years….

  • joethemailman

    Nonessential get off then they are not needed. You don’t touch the mail you are gone.

  • Alex Wheaton

    What earth-shattering, all-essential mail is ANYONE going to receive the day after Christmas? Let them have the freakin’ extra holiday!

  • careful what you wish for

    Well you could say the same about any day, couldn’t you? By your logic, we might as well deliver just one or two days a week, right? Sure would save a lot of money!

  • Alex Wheaton

    Well, the post office IS looking to reduce the number of days mail is delivered; most folks get their pay (and their bills) electronically. I don’t know about you, but I could do without the advertisements.

  • Yolanda

    Is not fair for Postal Employes to have to work the day after Christmas went other Federal Employees are taking a day off to be with their families…The US Postal Employees deserve that day off more that all those emplorees that are seating in a warm office during the winter time and below 0 degrees….LET THE US POSTAL SERVICE TO ENJOY THE DAY WITH THEIR FAMILY….NO LETTER IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT BEEN WITH FAMILY….

  • 931clrk

    Those days of mourning everyone gets excited about.

  • Myra Carol

    some postal employees work LONG hours all Dec. It would be nice for families to have their loved one home so they could enjoy family time during the holidays…I”d love it if Postal Employees got the day after THANKSGIVING off too!! IT just proves the US Postal SERVICE is not run by the Fed. Government. Those who buy stamps and pay for services are the ones who provide the money to pay it’s employees. Folks who aren’t in the PO know this but the rest of US doesn’t .

  • Amanda

    It’s pretty ridiculous that postal employees don’t get the extra day.. my husband is a letter carrier and has worked so much he barely gets time at home with his daughter and I, and even misses pregnancy appts. He has worked 6-7 days, 10-11 hour days, with barely time to relax before he has to work again. He is even working today, on Christmas eve, all while people complain that their packages are “a day late”… I wish I could see my husband more, but USPS gets him more than his family does!

  • amanda

    Yes, please tell that to my husband who is working today on Christmas eve, and is scheduled to work again Dec 26 and Dec 27… I am sure he would love the extra day off, but apprently letter carriers and postal employees arent important enough.

  • amanda

    not to the government anyways…. I salute anyone working in the post office..

  • tobeatendowntocare

    Extra day off? In our plant we have mandatory work for Christmas Day for many regulars so they get NO day off.

  • VAnurse

    I’m a government nurse. I work Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after. I’m not complaining. I’m glad to have a career that makes me proud to serve. Thanks tax payers!

  • Why Ask

    I still prefer the good ol’ paper bill. There’s always a chance that data can go wrong electronically (either by accident or on purpose[sketchy]). At least with a paper copy, printed and dated you can argue and fight back. With a online bill it’s a bit harder as they can change the information on their end and we can technically change electronic bills too through photo editing and spoofing emails. It may not be earth shattering but maybe a package that was suppose to arrive by 24th didn’t. You don’t want a Christmas present to be delivered any later right? Additionally maybe they have a package worth from a small few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Maybe if they allowed people to come pick up their packages quicker than it wouldn’t be as a big of an issue.


    my paycheck…hopefully. since the previous address I lived at; that location fouled up my mail forwarding… I worked as a flight attendant for many years and have a good Pension now…I NEVER got a holiday off. and 30 years later I have a pension and I never see my family…

  • Rhonie Briley

    How many days of annual leave do “Postal Employees” get? The postal service also gets a good deal on health insurance cost that other agencies do not. Add to this, that many Federal Workers are required to work all holidays and a lot of overtime throughout the year, that make much less than Postal Employees, so why are you complaining? Federal Express and UPS are hiring, go to these and see what kind of hours you will be working? Care to think about the military, that are also, government employees?

  • JudithNYC

    OH, please, quit your whining.

  • elmoalso

    Postal workers; Every job has good and bad. Many jobs work Christmas day. Many jobs just suck-ass regardless of schedule. I wish I had a job that had a pension like you folks do.Are you aware that almost no one outside of public services gets a pension anymore? No one likes whiners. We all have issues around our jobs that we don’t like. That’s life. You aren’t any different than anyone else. Suck it up and be glad you have a job.

  • Dirk

    You are misinformed about the pensions, we have 401ks like most of the private sector.

  • Beenthere

    oh just scratch if you want those days off!!

  • elmoalso

    Thank you Dirk. I was unaware that you are now 401k. I have a friend who is about to retire. I thought I heard him talking abvout his retirement pay. Is 401k fairly new for the postal workers?

  • Dan hines

    18,000 a year for my pension and you call that good

  • sLiM_mC_sHaDy

    No. It’s been like that for thirty years now.

  • common sense

    Not true- postal workers have had 401Ks (TSP) for 30 years, but they continue to be covered by a pension, unlike most people in the private sector. FERS isn’t as generous as CSRS, but it IS a defined benefit pension plan, not a 401K.

  • common sense

    Yes, but you also have a pension- it’s called FERS, and it’s a defined benefit annuity, not a 401K. TSP IS a 401K, but it is not your sole retirement benefit by any means.

  • sLiM_mC_sHaDy

    This is true, but to non-postal people it is easier to explain the TSP in a term that is understood, And, I really hope the “annuity” lasts.

  • common sense

    It has nothing to do with explaining TSP. The original commenter lied when he said postal workers don’t get pensions, and you backed him up. “Explaining” is not the same thing as “lying” (unless you’re Donald Trump).

  • sLiM_mC_sHaDy

    It’s not a pension. It’s an annuity supplement. And you’re just a bit over the top with your “lying” cries. How bout a little common sense. Nobody could live off of that “micro pension.”

  • common sense

    Nice try. Your FERS pension is not an “annuity supplement”. FERS employees who retire before they are eligible to start collecting social security DO receive temporary “bridge” payments until they’re 62 that are referred to as the “annuity supplement”, but that’s the only mention you’ll find of “annuity supplement” in the FERS documentation.

    FERS and CSRS are BOTH defined benefit pension programs. They are NOT based on the total dollars you contributed, current interest rates, stock prices, or any of the factors that would determine the value of a true annuity, or a 401-K- they are based on your top three income years, and the number of years of service.

    That is a pension. Check the dictionary: “a regular payment made during a person’s retirement from an investment fund to which that person or their employer has contributed during their working life”.

    Calling your pension a 401K is lying. Sorry if that hurts your feelings!

    I also don’t see why you guys are ashamed of getting pensions. FERS ain’t great by any menas, but it beats what most middle class workers get these days.

  • sLiM_mC_sHaDy

    It’s all a rip off. You can call it “pension”, I can call it FERS, Mary can call it TSP, George can call it 401K, etc etc etc who cares if your feelings get hurt that we don’t care about your strict, dictionarily based factoids,

  • Angela Williams

    The Post office is not run by Tax payers money……